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Banya Men!

Though they aren't common in the United States, Jjimjilbangs, Banyas, Onsens, and Hamams are a great places to hang out.  This is a group for men comfortable in their own skin and appreciate the eastern ideas of public bath houses.

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Latest Activity: Apr 17

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Where's your favorite Banya - Hammam - Jjimjilbang - Spa - etc.?

Started by Stephen Charles Bond. Last reply by Stephen Larsen Apr 17. 44 Replies

Since this forum is about discussing the benefits, history, and culture of hot air bathing, wouldn't it be apropos to tell the other members of the group about any outstanding (and preferably manly)…Continue

Towel ettiquette?

Started by Salt Dragon. Last reply by Mark Sanderson Nov 27, 2016. 6 Replies

I live in the Chicago area and prefer the Korean approach of mandatory nudity in the men's area, which is the norm at Kings Spa.  Somehow it misses the point to be bathing with textiles.  There area…Continue

Conan goes to Wi Spa

Started by Tyler Jacobs. Last reply by Christopher Jul 16, 2016. 6 Replies

Just watched this video of Conan visiting the Wi Spa here in LA with Walking Dead star Steven Yeun. Pretty great and super funny. There are several Korean spas here in Southern California, and the Wi…Continue

Tags: dead, walking, conan, spa, korean

Balneology for banyas?

Started by Salt Dragon. Last reply by Stephen Larsen Jun 30, 2016. 6 Replies

I read an interesting article on the health benefits of mineral and hot baths.  The focus is Japan and balneology or balnetherapy, which means the “treatment of disease by bathing”.  Whereas it…Continue

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Comment by Michael J. K. on April 12, 2017 at 9:15pm

nice to know Tar

Comment by Tarquin Anstruther on April 12, 2017 at 4:23am

Google Rudas baths in Budapest, it's just like that and still in daily use! wonderful atmosphere but no water pipes unfortunately

Comment by David Arbogast on April 11, 2017 at 11:04pm

I've been reading a couple of books recently about the architecture of the Ottoman Empire.  Despite all the barbarism of much of the culture, they built great bathhouses, usually near the mosque.  As they say, cleanliness is next to Allahness, or something like it.

The hammams typically had a relatively large domed room with small holes in the dome with colored glass.  It must have been a great experience smoking the water pipe and dreamily bathed in colored light.

Comment by crandles on September 28, 2016 at 9:21am

Much appreciated Tarquin.

Comment by Tarquin Anstruther on September 28, 2016 at 8:35am

I could give you some ideas Crandles in a day or two when I have had time!

Comment by crandles on September 27, 2016 at 3:28pm
Hi. I'm going to be in Rome and Paris soon Does anyone of some nice baths/saunas in either. In Paris I've only ever been to the one at mosque but that is closed now.
Comment by Tarquin Anstruther on April 28, 2016 at 6:02am

Thom, a pity I'm o far away, sounds like a lovely invitation, Enjoy!

Comment by Tom K. on April 27, 2016 at 6:24pm

Any Chicago guys want to go to King Spa?  I'm free on Monday and Tuesday.

Comment by Tarquin Anstruther on March 21, 2016 at 8:56am

Is anyone visiting Europe this summer, maybe we could arrange a meet up to hit some baths

Comment by Sevnor on January 16, 2016 at 9:58am

Planning to be at Spa World in Centerville, VA Monday.  Let me know if any of you guys will be in the area.

 

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